Firefighter speaks as part of hard hitting Hampshire Police anti drink drive campaign

Daily Echo: VIDEO: Firefighter relives horror of cutting dead drink-driver from car wreckage VIDEO: Firefighter relives horror of cutting dead drink-driver from car wreckage

A FIREFIGHTER who cut a dead drink-driver out of the wreckage of her smashed car has spoken of the horror of the incident and the dangers of mixing alcohol with getting behind the wheel.

Watch Manager Craig Gregory was speaking as part of Hampshire police's Don't Get Smashed anti drink-drive campaign for Christmas.

 

 

He said several of his colleagues had never dealt with a fatal crash before they had to cut the 23-year-old woman, who had been drinking, out of her car following the horrendous collision with a van in November last year.

Watch Manager Gregory said: “We assisted the police with the removal of the deceased person from the vehicle because the girl was quite trapped inside the vehicle, so we used our cutting get in order to help the police retrieve the body.

“Obviously for members of the fire service it is quite harrowing to deal with a dead person and also some of the crew I had that evening, it was the first time they had seen a fatality and been involved in a road traffic accident and fatality.

“You think about the consequences of this accident in particular, obviously a young girl died but also the knock-on effect for her family, but also the driver of the van, he had a severe accident and sustained some injuries, and in addition the members from the responding services - the police, ambulance and fire service - the memories they hold of that incident.”

The police campaign is running until New Year's Day and will see officers out in force on the roads.

The public is also being urged to text a dedicated number, 80999, to report anyone they suspect is drink-driving.

Officers arrested 17 people on suspicion of drink-driving in the first two days of the campaign that was launched at the beginning of the month.

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12:16pm Thu 6 Dec 12

townieboy says...

Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.
Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day. townieboy
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12:55pm Thu 6 Dec 12

bemused26 says...

townieboy wrote:
Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.
Well, the story here is that it is part of the overall 'campaign' against drink driving which does happen every Christmas so it shouldn't be that surprising!
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.[/p][/quote]Well, the story here is that it is part of the overall 'campaign' against drink driving which does happen every Christmas so it shouldn't be that surprising! bemused26
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12:59pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Big Mac says...

If the person were not drunk, or hadn't consumed any alcohol, the chances of a fatal accident are greatly reduced by virtue that the driver should be more alert and aware of their driving.
That's the point of the 'story' the tragic, avoidable consequences of drink driving.
You do make a valid point about mobiles/texting; there needs to be a much stronger prosecution process in place to really punish abusers.
If the person were not drunk, or hadn't consumed any alcohol, the chances of a fatal accident are greatly reduced by virtue that the driver should be more alert and aware of their driving. That's the point of the 'story' the tragic, avoidable consequences of drink driving. You do make a valid point about mobiles/texting; there needs to be a much stronger prosecution process in place to really punish abusers. Big Mac
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1:16pm Thu 6 Dec 12

userds5050 says...

Big Mac wrote:
If the person were not drunk, or hadn't consumed any alcohol, the chances of a fatal accident are greatly reduced by virtue that the driver should be more alert and aware of their driving.
That's the point of the 'story' the tragic, avoidable consequences of drink driving.
You do make a valid point about mobiles/texting; there needs to be a much stronger prosecution process in place to really punish abusers.
The crazy thing is what article doesn't mention is the dead girl was also texting at the time of the crash as well as drink driving.
[quote][p][bold]Big Mac[/bold] wrote: If the person were not drunk, or hadn't consumed any alcohol, the chances of a fatal accident are greatly reduced by virtue that the driver should be more alert and aware of their driving. That's the point of the 'story' the tragic, avoidable consequences of drink driving. You do make a valid point about mobiles/texting; there needs to be a much stronger prosecution process in place to really punish abusers.[/p][/quote]The crazy thing is what article doesn't mention is the dead girl was also texting at the time of the crash as well as drink driving. userds5050
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1:17pm Thu 6 Dec 12

MGRA says...

townieboy wrote:
Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.
well you would be wrong. The single most common cause for traffic accidents is "failure to judge distance and speed". Its a very well researched fact.
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.[/p][/quote]well you would be wrong. The single most common cause for traffic accidents is "failure to judge distance and speed". Its a very well researched fact. MGRA
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6:03pm Thu 6 Dec 12

David Icke says...

townieboy wrote:
Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.
I'd say it's reminding people, especially this time of year with the festive drinking, what can and does happen.

Fatalities while texting happen all year round, but more alcohol related deaths occur around this time of year. It's obviously asking people just to think a bit more.
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.[/p][/quote]I'd say it's reminding people, especially this time of year with the festive drinking, what can and does happen. Fatalities while texting happen all year round, but more alcohol related deaths occur around this time of year. It's obviously asking people just to think a bit more. David Icke
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7:10pm Thu 6 Dec 12

huckit P says...

townieboy wrote:
Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.
Well, you're wrong there boy! They do not cut dead people from cars every day. A fire fighter could go years without seeing anyone deceased - it just depends if the incident occurs during the 2 days/2 nights duty.
And because fire appliances carry extrication gear does not mean people have to feel obliged to get involved in incidents for the gear to be used.
A fire fighter can also be affected by horrific scenes, just like any other member of the public.
The first part of your post is grossly unfair, not to mention wrong.
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Whats the story here? Firemen cut out dead people from cars everyday just part of the job. Distressing yes but does it really matter if the person is drunk or not ? Drunken fatal accidents are a small percentage of all the toal fatal accidents. Id suggest more accidents are caused by Texting on mobiles than any other cause these day.[/p][/quote]Well, you're wrong there boy! They do not cut dead people from cars every day. A fire fighter could go years without seeing anyone deceased - it just depends if the incident occurs during the 2 days/2 nights duty. And because fire appliances carry extrication gear does not mean people have to feel obliged to get involved in incidents for the gear to be used. A fire fighter can also be affected by horrific scenes, just like any other member of the public. The first part of your post is grossly unfair, not to mention wrong. huckit P
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9:09pm Thu 6 Dec 12

sofa_king_right says...

someone HAS to cut dead people out of cars
that doesn't mean it doesn't upset them
they wouldn't be human otherwise
it not something anyone wants to do, irrespective of job or training
someone HAS to cut dead people out of cars that doesn't mean it doesn't upset them they wouldn't be human otherwise it not something anyone wants to do, irrespective of job or training sofa_king_right
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11:14pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Turtlebay says...

Yes it's a harrowing experience. If you can't handle it you shouldn't have joined the fire dept. It's a normal thing in an accident.
Yes it's a harrowing experience. If you can't handle it you shouldn't have joined the fire dept. It's a normal thing in an accident. Turtlebay
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